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So, you think you know


who you are, huh? Really?


Entrepreneurial Leaders are responsive (instead of reactive). They take reasonable risks (which means they don’t bet the farm, or even buy lottery tickets!). They are goal-driven, but focus more on the steps to reach the goal. When something doesn’t work, they make adjustments and try again (vs. corporate/government thinking that produces analysis paralysis!)

Guess what the number one ingredient is in entrepreneurial leadership — any kind, any level (from running a company to running a work crew or department, to running a family or sports team)? It’s knowing yourself. Your SELF. Because unless you know what makes YOU tick, you can never know what makes others tick.

When you don’t know what makes others tick, you’ll never be able to communicate clearly with them . . . because they do NOT think like you think even if you think they do. They don’t. You are unique. No one else has your brain. No one else can reach inside your brain and control it because every one of your behaviors is your choice!

So, are you still with me? If that little bit of awareness is true for you, it is equally true for each person who follows you. To be truly effective as an entrepreneurial leader (as opposed to a robotic leader!), doesn’t mean you have to be a shrink. It means you have to accept that everyone does not think like you, and you need to do your best to figure out what makes them tick.

Just because you may think you’ve “been around the block a few times,” that you’ve “been there, done that and got the t-shirt” doesn’t mean you can dismiss the need to keep learning about yourself and others because these are different times. What worked for you before is not likely to work again for you without some kind of adjustment.

The place to start adjusting, then, is with how, when, and where you absorb new information. Just as you and your life are constantly changing (even, and usually, when you least expect it or are aware of it), so too are the lives of those who look to you for guidance. I’m not suggesting you become a Google-aholic psych student. Just keep yourself alert. Observe. Listen.

Keeping up with all of that is challenging. But isn’t that why you took the job or accepted the responsibility in the first place?

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3 Comments to “KNOWING YOURSELF!”

  1. Boyd Lemonon 29 Jun 2013 at 10:53 am

    Knowing who you are involves knowing what are your passions, what makes your heart sing, what you like and what you don’t like; what is truly satisfying to you. Until you know these things, really know them, you cannot live a fulfilling life in retirement or any other time.

  2. Hal Alpiaron 29 Jun 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you Boyd. Your contribution here is certainly “on point” and well worth sharing with others. I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness, and hope to see you return here soon. Have a great day, and thanks again. Best – Hal

    NOTE FROM HAL: Boyd Lemon is the author of Retirement: A Memoir and Guide; Eat, Walk, Write: An American Senior’s Year of Adventure in Paris and Tuscany and other writings. His “Musings” and commentary are entertaining and illuminating. I heartily recommend a visit to his site:

  3. Hal Alpiar's Blog » BEING YOURSELF!on 09 Dec 2014 at 3:22 pm

    […] about it.  Are you representing your SELF in some way that’s not truly you?  Is it to make a sale? Get a date? Be accepted? Make […]

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